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Vikings DE Everson Griffen Back With Team, Plans On Playing Sunday -
On Wednesday, Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen’s mother, 52-year-old Sabrina Scott, passed away while she was in town visiting him. Griffen was absent from practice on Thursday, but returned on Friday and plans to travel with the team and play on Sunday in Washington. “My mom would have wanted me to come back,” Griffen said after practice. “Whatever I can do on the field for her, she loved to watch me play. That’s why I am back here, to show her that I am doing this for her and for me too, to grow into the man I’m becoming.” Griffen was very close to his mother, who arrived in the Twin Cities on Oct. 7 and watched him play last Sunday against Tennessee. There are no details about the cause of death of his mother, who Griffen described as 100 percent healthy, but the news was a shock to his family. “[It’s been] very hard for my family,” said Griffen. “But my mom, she was a very strong person and she would want us to stay strong and keep going down the path we are going on. She’s in a better place now and I just want to say ‘Mom, I love you and it’s going to be a fight and we have to keep fighting.’” Griffen, who recently became engaged and has family on the way, said the love and support he received from the Vikings allowed him to come back and return to do the work he needs to do — which includes caring for his family. “It’s not about me anymore,” said Griffen. “It’s about my family that’s soon to be and my family I’ve got right now — my brother, my dad, my step-dad — just keeping them strong and keeping them going. That’s why my mom made me so strong, to help the rest of them.
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